The Real Cause of Running Injuries

real cause of running injuries
So you have another running injury. What is the cause this time--weak hip flexors, too much training, incorrect shoes, not enough stretching? Maybe we are looking in the completely wrong direction for the answer to this question.

Perhaps we should be looking within and how we have been feeling and thinking lately. Yes I know, that sounds a bit wishy-washy, but hear me out. I believe it will make perfectly good sense to you. And, there is a exercise below you can do to quickly determine if this is true for you or not.


First of all our bodies do not change rapidly. They may become weaker over time as we age, but if you ran last month without any issues and the same runs this month have caused a hamstring injury, it cannot be as a result of a change in your body.

Our bodies do not change that quickly, but our thoughts, feelings, emotions do. We have multiple situations in our lives that constantly reflect change in our personal and professional lives. How can we stay the same emotionally? It is very difficult unless we have developed the peaceful, mental tenacity of a Buddhist monk!

If you believe it is just slightly possible that your current injury might have been caused by your thoughts or emotions, try this test and you may discover the real cause of running injuries! 

Real Cause of Running Injuries

Discover the Real Cause of Running Injuries

Sit somewhere quietly for a few minutes, where you won't be disturbed--a private bathroom works well for this :)  Relax for a few moments. Breathing will help to quieten the mind.

Then mentally ask yourself if anything has been upsetting you lately, playing on your mind, worrying you, disturbing your peace of mind, etc. Go with the first thing that comes to mind.

Think about the situation and notice the emotion it creates in your body. How does thinking about this situation make you feel--angry, guilty, fearful, worried, anxious, frustrated? Be honest with yourself and then consider the possibility that these recent emotions could have contributed to your sudden injury? Could they be the real cause of running injuries?

In Louise Hay's book, You Can Heal Your Life, there are numerous examples of how pain and disease in our bodies are related to our emotions and thought systems. In her lifetime of work she has witnessed many healings resulting from a change in thoughts and feelings including her own cancer diagnosis.

Our emotions can be very complicated, but one thing is for sure--they do effect our bodies and in ways that we do not expect. For example, we can have back pain because we are holding onto resentment, we can develop knee problems because we are inflexible or stubborn, or we can have foot problems if we are fearful of the future. 

"If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him."

-- Hippocrates

But it doesn't have to be this way. If you have identified the emotional cause of your injury, you are already on your way to healing. We can only deal with an issue if we are aware of it. The more consciously aware we are of our emotions and reactions to the situations and events in our lives, the sooner we can deal with them and release the real cause of running injuries. 


Body awareness
 - is also a very good technique to us become more aware of what is going on in our bodies. When we learn to listen to the specific signals our body's give us, we can use them to help us prevent running injuries and illnesses. 

The Mind and Body Connection - demonstrates how our emotions affect our bodies and how we can use the strength of our mind to heal our bodies. 

Can Fear Create a Running Injury? - This article is about how I believe a fear I had resulted in a foot injury.

What about you? Do you have a story to share about how a fear or emotion showed up as a running injury? Please share your story in the comments below.


Back to top of The Real Cause of Running Injuries

More about how to Prevent Running Injuries


You might like these

Our Running Form Template Can Help You Run More Efficiently!

Instant download!

* indicates required

I promise to keep your email address secure and use it only to send you my newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time!


FTC Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying  purchases.
Learn more.



Loading Comments
#disqus_thread { min-height: 200px; }

Recent Articles

  1. Affirmations Help Runners Achieve Their Goals!

    Oct 02, 22 08:10 AM

    Affirmations Work

    Affirmations are powerful and can work for everyone but they must be done properly. When they don't work, we must find the reason and correct it.

    Read More

  2. How to Relax While Running

    Sep 14, 22 07:07 AM

    How to relax

    Relaxing your body will improve running performance. Tension promotes injuries, draws energy from our bodies, and prevents us from running our best. A relaxed body uses less effort and thus can run f…

    Read More

  3. Finally - a cure for hiccups!

    Aug 30, 22 12:40 PM

    HiccAway

    Do you or someone in your family suffer from troublesome hiccups? HiccAway is a drug free, reusable natural cure for hiccups. Works instantly with water!

    Read More

  4. 5 Reasons Runners Need to Meditate!

    Aug 30, 22 04:39 AM

    Meditate

    Meditation improves our health but it also improves running in numerous ways. Find out why runners need to meditate and how you can start your meditation practice today.

    Read More

  5. A Loving Kindness Meditation For Running

    Aug 22, 22 12:28 PM

    Loving Kindness

    Much research has been conducted on the effects of loving kindness meditation on emotional and physical health showing incredible results. Now you can practice while running!

    Read More

  6. An Ancient Technique that Improves Running

    Aug 05, 22 02:21 AM

    Ancient Technique

    Use this technique to develop focus and awareness to improve running. Move more easily and effortlessly.

    Read More

  7. How to Stop a Charley Horse Instantly!

    Jul 28, 22 09:48 AM

    Charley Horse

    Stop a painful charley horse cramp instantly! These painful calf cramps must be stopped immediately to prevent the muscle from becoming sore. Find out how!

    Read More

  8. Make Running in Hot Weather Easier!

    Jun 30, 22 05:54 AM

    Hot Weather

    We can take action to help our bodies feel more comfortable running in the heat and prevent the onset of heat related illnesses!

    Read More

  9. Behavioural Kinesiology Can Help Us Become Stronger Runners

    Jun 18, 22 01:00 PM

    Behavioural Kinesiology

    Run strong with behavioural kinesiology. Use this technique to positively stimulate our muscles to stay strong while running.

    Read More

  10. Is Taking Walk Breaks While Running Cheating?

    May 25, 22 12:24 PM

    Walk Breaks

    Find out why many runners swear by it as the safest and most enjoyable way to build strength and increase endurance.

    Read More